Paul W. Rankin (b. 1984) is a filmmaker and video artist based in Brisbane, Australia. His live visual practice employs layering multiple video tracks to create something between the abstract and representational. His visuals are created from practical effects, using no CGI. He has collaborated with world-renowned musicians and sound artists including Lawrence English, Norman Westberg (Swans), Tamil Rogeon, and Heinz Riegler. His work has screened in Australia, Austria, Poland, Germany, Croatia, Serbia, and the United States.
In 2017 he was commissioned to create the video work Variations on Leonard French to commemorate La Trobe University’s 50th anniversary. The work premiered with the Australian Youth Orchestra. Also that year, his work was used to announce the Dark Mofo festival.
In 2012 he was selected for the QPIX White Heat funding grant to write and direct the short film Clara.
The Queensland New Filmmakers Awards nominated his work in 2009 and 2010.
In 2013 he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Queensland.